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Papal audience · When · Where · Duration · Tickets · Dates

Every Wednesday, when Pope Francis is in Rome, there is a papal audience in the form of a general audience. In contrast to the private audiences and the group audiences, a larger public is admitted to the general audiences. Tickets must be booked in advance. You can pre-order tickets free of cost on this page.

Pope Francis audience tickets

You need admission tickets to enter the audience.

Deutsches Pilgerzentrum Rom

You can use our online reservation form on this page and we will send your booking to the German Pilgrim Center for further processing.

You can order the free cards latest 12 days before the desired audience. We can only process orders that are received within the 2nd Friday before the desired audience. You can then pick up the tickets on the Tuesday before the audience from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Collection on Wednesday is not possible. Sending by email is also not possible.

The pilgrim center is located at Via del Banco di Santo Spirito 56 Pilgerzentrum. When you come from the Castel Sant’Angelo, go over the Angel’s Bridge and continue straight on. The pilgrimage center is on the right.

Some tour operators offer guided tours or pick up at the hotel for Papal Audience. In this case, the organizer of the tour cares for the tickets. The guide provides good places to experience the Pope up close. He also gives information about the course and the historical background.

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The Pope’s general audience takes place on Wednesday mornings. The dates on which the Pope’s audience takes place can be found below in the online reservation form. No audiences are held in July.


The Pope’s general audiences are held either in the Audience Hall or in St. Peter’s Square. The entrance to the Audience Hall is under the left colonnades.

Where the audience takes place does not depend on the weather, but on the number of registered participants. The audience usually takes place in the Audience Hall in the months with less visitors such as November and mid-January to early March, otherwise the Audience with the Pope is held on St. Peter’s square, even in bad weather. If the weather is very bad, the audience may be split and some visitors will be seated in the Audience Hall and another part in St Peter’s Basilica.


The general audience begins at 9 am. The entrance to the general audience begins at 7:30. After 8:45 sometimes the entrance to the general audience may be closed. There are the usual security checks at the entrance. You may bring beverages in plastic bottles with you, but no dangerous objects such as sticks, scissors or knives. Also the dress code must be observed, shoulders and knees must be covered!

Sequence and duration of the Pope audience

After 8:30 am, the names of the pilgrim groups from all over the world will be started to read. The Pope will appear around 8:45 and will pass  by car on secured paths through the visitors area. He sometimes stops and blesses the visitors, especially babies and toddlers.

Then, he welcomes special visitor groups and bridal couples waiting for him on the podium in front of the St Peter’s Basilica.

As soon as he has taken his place on the podium, the papal audience begins. Readings in various languages are held and the Pope greets the visitors once again. The audience ends with the blessing of the Pope, usually between 10:00 and 10:15 am.

Opening hours of the St. Peter’s Basilica

During general audiences in St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica remains closed until the end of the audience. The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is also closed then. If the audience takes place in the audience hall, the basilica and dome remain open.

Online reservation

You can reserve the free invitation cards using this form. The reserved invitation cards are available from the pilgrimage center. You can find all the information about the collection in our confirmation of receipt. The receipt is also the reservation confirmation, with which you get your tickets at the Pilgrim Center. You will receive the confirmation of receipt immediately after you have sent the reservation. If you have not received it, check your spam folder.

Invitation cards can only be picked up the day before the audience from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is not possible to send them by email.

You can also follow the audiences live on our Papal Audiences live page.

Newlyweds can get special places for up to 4 months after the wedding. You must appear in wedding attire and have a copy of the wedding certificate with you.

Special cards

Pilgrims on foot and by bike can get special cards if they have covered at least a distance of 150 km on foot or by bike. You must have your pilgrim ID with you.

Special cards can also be ordered for wedding anniversaries (25/50/60 years), birthdays (50/60/70/80/90/100 years), for newly consecrated priests and priest anniversaries.

Also for the special tickets, the confirmation of receipt you receive immediately after your registration is valid as a confirmation of reservation. The special tickets must be collected up to half an hour before the Pilgrim Center closes, otherwise you will lose your reservation.

The availability of special tickets cannot be guaranteed, as only a limited number of seats are available. There are no special tickets in August.

Please fill out all fields marked with (*) carefully.

In the communications you can give possible additional information, especially about pilgrim groups, groups of altar servers or the like. We cannot process further requests, such as for private audiences or personal encounters with Pope Francis.

If you no longer need the cards or are unable to pick them up, please let the Pilgrim Center know directly at the email address

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1 thought on “Papal audience · When · Where · Duration · Tickets · Dates”

  1. Thank you for the article and the tips in order to attend the papal audience ! I was wondering how to buy ticket, so now I will know. It will be very helpfull to me for my next visit to Rome.


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